Ben Kochman

Ben Kochman

About the Author

Ben Kochman is a senior courts reporter for The Post. He covers a wide range of legal sagas unfolding in New York’s federal and state courthouses. Previously, Ben covered cybersecurity at Law360 and the Bronx for the New York Daily News. He graduated from Tufts University, where he started his journalism career as the school paper's sandwich pundit. Ben lives in Brooklyn, where he enjoys playing tennis and searching for the city’s best eats.

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Trump's 'hush money' trial nears its end — here's the key evidence and questions jurors will weigh

Here are some of the key pieces of evidence and questions jurors will be considering once they start weighing the case:

Michael Cohen was actually whining about 14-year-old prankster when he said he was speaking to Trump about Stormy Daniels payoff: lawyer

Michael Cohen was actually whining about a 14-year-old prank caller when he claimed to have had a key conversation with Donald Trump about the hush money payment to porn star Stormy...

Trump says he's spending a lot of 'my time and my money' in post-court remarks: 'What they want'

Follow The Post's live coverage of Donald Trump's "hush money" trial as his former lawyer and "fixer" Michael Cohen resumes cross examination.

NJ Sen. Bob Menendez claims he was 'sidelined' by wife Nadine, blames her for alleged bribery in opening remarks at corruption trial 

Opening statements began in a Manhattan court Wednesday in the latest corruption trial against Sen. Bob Menendez.

Michael Cohen admits calling Trump 'Cheeto-dusted cartoon villain' as ex-prez's lawyers try to paint him as scorned, lying hater

Michael Cohen admitted Tuesday to ripping Donald Trump as a "dictator douchebag" and a "Cheeto-dusted cartoon villain" who “belongs in a cage."

Judge struggles to seat impartial jurors at Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial: 'I'm a news junkie'

A Manhattan judge struggled to find impartial jurors in Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption case Tuesday, as he listed senators that could be named at trial.

Michael Cohen describes moment he decided to turn on Trump after more than a decade as his 'fixer'

Michael Cohen recalled the moment he decided to turn on his longtime boss Donald Trump as he continued testifying against the former president.

Michael Cohen claims Trump told him to pay off Stormy Daniels in key testimony that hinges on ex-con's credibility: 'Just do it'

"He said, 'Absolutely. Do it. Take care of it.’' Cohen, recalled Trump telling him after learning that Daniels was shopping her story around about an alleged tryst.

Michael Cohen claims Trump told him Melania came up with 'locker room talk' spin for 'Access Hollywood' tape during trial showdown

Melania Trump came up with the idea to spin the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape as “locker room talk,” Donald Trump once claimed, according to his former fixer Michael Cohen's testimony...

Ex-con Michael Cohen testifies about secret recording he made of Trump discussing affair claims before 2016 election

Michael Cohen told Manhattan jurors Monday he once secretly recorded Donald Trump asking how much it would cost to cover up a Playboy model's claim of an affair.

Trump takes shot at Jewish Democrats -- calling out Alan Dershowitz by name -- in fiery post-court remarks: ‘Ought to have your brain examined’

Michael Cohen will take to the stand in Donald Trump’s criminal trial over his alleged hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels. Follow the Post’s live updates for the latest news, updates...

Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption trial involving gold-bar 'bribes' set to kick off

Sen. Bob Menendez's latest corruption trial is set to kick off Monday with jury selection as the New Jersey pol battles allegations he accepted bribes including bars of gold and...

Michael Cohen keeps posting bizarre TikToks, despite 'repeated' pleas from prosecutors ahead of testimony in Trump hush money case

Michael Cohen keeps posting bizarre TikToks despite Manhattan prosecutors "repeatedly" pleading with him to stay quiet about the hush money case.

Former WH aide reveals unique detail about Trump's tweets during ex-president's 'hush money' trial

Jurors at Donald Trump's Manhattan hush money trial got a behind-the-scenes look at his unique and bizarre grammatical preferences for  social media posts.

Judge denies Trump's bid for mistrial, says ex-prez's lawyers opened door to salacious testimony

Judge Merchan ruled that Trump's attorneys had opened the door to "corroborate" her account of the tryst after they called her a liar in their opening statement and at other...

'You made all this up, right?': Defiant Stormy Daniels spars with ex-prez’s lawyer, riveting jurors at Trump’s ‘hush money’ trial

A defiant Stormy Daniels batted back attempts by Donald Trump’s lawyers to poke holes in her story about a 2006 sex tryst with the ex-president — in a fiery clash that riveted...

Stormy Daniels denies berating attorney as jurors hear juicy taped call with Michael Cohen

A phone conversation between Stormy Daniels' attorney Keith Davidson and former Donald Trump "fixer" lawyer Michael Cohen was played in front of the jury.

Trump predicts stock market crash if he loses election: 'I've been right about everything'

Follow the Post’s live updates for the latest news, analysis and photos from the Trump trial in NYC.

Stormy Daniels to return to stand at Trump 'hush money' trial

During a combative cross-examination Tuesday afternoon, porn star Daniels, 45, shockingly admitted she hates Trump.

Trump mouths 'bullsh--t' as Stormy Daniels reveals graphic details of alleged tryst during salacious testimony at hush money trial

Stormy Daniels described the tawdry circumstances of her alleged tryst with Donald Trump while he sat just feet away.